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CBS
Sep 13, 2010 5:00pm PDT
the ntsbs investigation. our coverage this evening. simon. >> reporter: juliette, we are standing by here in san bruno for a press conference with ntsb expected to start momentarily. why the explosion happened may take months to figure out. again ntsb is in charge of that. they have begun shipping evidence back to washington dc for closer scrutiny. one disaster expert we spoke with today says he already knows the likely cause of that pipeline rupture. >> out of sight out of mind. you don't see them they are under ground. it is very easy to kind of have a sense of security there,. >> reporter: he does research at berkly's center for cat traffic risk management. he said the cause of most pipeline explosions can be traced back to third party excavations, water, cable or some other company digging in the vicinity of the pipeline. >> that can either rupture it immediately or damage it or weaken the pipeline, overtime, due to service pressures on inside that pipe that it was more prone to fail and it was just a matter of time. a ticking bomb. >> we didn't see any excavation, no exempt at t
KRON
Sep 10, 2010 4:30pm PDT
transmission line why it exploded the ntsb should give us some details or in terms of what they're doing to try and get those answers. in addition to that there are eight fire investigators run scene conducting our own investigation carried as you know fire officials went door-to-door today there were able to get through 75 percent of the homes. did a 25 percent or two hot that's what they told us earlier today it will be interesting to find out when to our officials have their news conference at 5:00 whether they'll be able to make it to those other homes. we can also tell you they've had a total of 25 fire companies doing the searching of these homes. still they've called in to urban search and rescue teams they see the debris is just kind of mammoth. they called to to urban search and rescue teams to help remove some of the debris so far officials can get in there and to their searching. another thing were expected to 5:00 news conference is the damage assessment. we should have some sort of dollar figure in terms of the amount of damage by this afternoon. will see if that's goi
KRON
Sep 10, 2010 5:00pm PDT
and on the property and in that regard and to say on behalf of the ntsb we extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. in addition to our investigators we have family assistance specialist from the ntsb office our transportation disaster system there on scene to provide assistance and support to family members of the victims of this incident. for the next few days our investigators will be working on scene to thoroughly document the accident site and gather factual information to do it they can to determine what happened. the purpose of us being here and the reason why were gathering this information is not to understand what happened and why it happened and ultimately we will end up with recommendations to try and prevent this thing same thing from happening in the future. we will not determine probable cause while we're on scene and we will not speculate about what may have caused the accident. we're also not here to determine if plant liability. we're here specifically to determine cause and we will do that and a report will come out in 14 to
FOX
Sep 13, 2010 5:00pm PDT
waiting for a press conference from the ntsb. it will begin any moment. we'll carry that life -- live. the ntsb has been on scene all day and we'll find out what they found out today. pg&e announced today it's creating a $100 million fund to restore the town. it says starting friday we'll begin to give residents a $50,000 check per household. >> we will not be asking them to sign any releases when they it doesn't prohibit them from filing any other claims. >> reporter: money that could help this resident who says her home has smoke and water damage. >> the water was in my carpet. yeah. it was like a crazy moment. we didn't know what to do. >> reporter: pg&e today gave the city of san bruno a check for $3 million. the mayor says the city is still tallying the overtime and the cost to infrastructure. >> i believe their commitment in good faith to at least help people out that need money right now. >> reporter: residents we spoke with said it's a good start but express doubt they did all they could. >> at least they are trying to help. otherwise, i mean, they should have done much better
FOX
Sep 10, 2010 5:00pm PDT
they have more than they need. the ntsb is act to hold it's first news conference. we listen live now at the scene. >> the investigation into the rupture and explosion and fire of the 30-inch natural gas line seamless carbon steel owned operated by pg and e. it happened a few minutes after six last night as you know and we just arrived on scene so we don't have much information yet. i went to the scene myself to see the devastation, to see the -- some excess of 170 houses so far that were engaged, either damaged or destroyed. we ar aware of -- responded to this with an eight member investigative team. the investigator in charge -- we have -- put together a team of investigators to look at a variety of areas. we started with the operations. we look at pipeline, the installation of the pipeline, operation, maintenance, history, the peak values of pressure that the pipeline can with stand and hit the history of what it did with stand, the safe guards to prevent over pressure in the pipeline, all aspects of the pipeline. we are forming a group to look at human factors. the people -- all t
CBS
Sep 10, 2010 11:00pm PDT
with the ntsb as they investigate that aspect of the accident and so we want to know what happened and they will get to the root cause of it. >> reporter: have you started any process of that? >> we had started prior to the ntsb arriving and now that they're here they have assumed responsibility for the investigation from this point forward. >> reporter: because they've stepped in you can't give us information about possible leaks? >> the way it 2, is once the ntsb takes -- it works is once the ntsb takes control of the situation by federal law we are not really allowed to provide any information about the accident. >> reporter: cbs5 dug deeper and found the ntsb released a report in may showing the california public utilities commission investigated pg&e and uncovered still representatives were not properly trained in detecting leaks. so what does pg&e have to say? >> i think you'll have to talk to someone with more specific information about that than i have available today. >> reporter: who might that be? >> you'll have to talk to david eisenhauer. >> reporter: we did contact da
NBC
Sep 10, 2010 11:00pm PDT
, investigators just briefed jean elie. >> reporter: ntsb investigators met with pg and e. they said it will take time to figure out why a neighborhood was leveled. the explosion launched a huge piece of ruptured fuel pipe out of the ground. ntsb investigators say the blast had to have tremendous force. >> it is really quite amazing to see this huge piece of pipeline blown the distance that it was blown -- above the ground and out onto the street. >> reporter: the 30-inch pipeline was installed in 1956. it may tell investigators why it ruptured. they planned to send part of it to a lab in washington for analysis. four people died in the inferno that followed the rupture. we have learned 44-year-old jack lien grieg and her daughter and 20-year-old jessica morales did not survive. 52 people were injured. seven are hospitalized with critical burn injuries. four firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation. firefighters say there are still three homes left to search. if the areas are cool enough tomorrow, canine crews will finish the search for additional victims. we for you have a clear
NBC
Sep 14, 2010 4:30am PDT
wrong. the ntsb said a twet-foot piece of pipe launched out of the frowned has several wells in it. pg&e welded it together because it needed to curve to fit the terrain and one weld may have failed. >> one of the welds was the clean break end of the pipe where the -- you could see a very distinct clean break and we will be looking to see if that was a defect. the other end was torn and shredded and much less clean. >> the ntsb said their work in the crater is done. they will interview witnesses and review the stream of documents from pg&e. lots of people said they reported the smell of gas in the days before the explosion and called it in, but so far the ntsb has not been able to find proof that actually happened. investigators back at work this morning, taking a electric at pipelines in san bruno. live in san bruno with what's going on this morning. good morning, bob. >> good morning, scott. what we are hearing is that the california public utilities commission is now saying they will most likely conduct their own hearing into the explosion that happened down the street from me here
CBS
Sep 11, 2010 11:00pm PDT
. meanwhile today, the ntsb spent the day checking out that crater left behind and the pipeline. investigators say the pipe blew 100 feet away from its original position. here's what they are really curious about -- it's made up of small segments of piping. they say they are not sure why. and that will be a new piece of this puzzle to investigate. >> there are lots of reason to have segmented pipe like this. that's one of the reasons we're exploring is why this pipe segmented. it's more expensive to have segmented pipes than unsegmented pipes. we'll be looking into that why that occurred. >> the ntsb is still trying to figure out when pg&e last inspected the pipelines. and for the first time, neighbors had a chance to sound off to bay area leaders. here's what happened at a town hall meeting. >> reporter: people came to demand answers, like when do they get back in to their homes? pg&e told the people it would stand by them and it would never abandon san bruno. 271 homes in the damaged area have been off limits since the blast. by noon tomorrow, those whose homes are not damaged are expected t
CBS
Sep 12, 2010 11:00pm PDT
. don knapp has show details. ntsb gathering up big pieces of evidence will lead them to the cause of the blast. mean while resting fears anyone may have it will be a year and- a-half before they get any information. the ntsb saying as soon as they learn information they will pass it on >> reporter: prime evidence is a 28-foot southbound of the high pressure gasoline itself ripped out of the ground and tossed through the air a hundred feet by the blast. >> that piece of pipe that 28- foot section of 30-inch pipe we are as we speak crating it up putting it in a crate because the investigators have decided that needs to go back to our metallurgy labs in washington. >> reporter: investigators want to hear from people who say they smelled gas in the weeks before the blast. jose valve practice do told julie watts he smelled it and he thinks pg&e knew it. >> what do you say when pg&e says we never received any calls about gas. >> that's a lie. because you can smell and then as the guy was walking around there. >> reporter: presumably looking for leaks. but alvarado admits he doesn't know wh
KRON
Sep 11, 2010 11:00pm PDT
neighborhood now begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. the ntsb has been examining the chart pieces. though they have more questions than answers ringel, they're beginning to get a bit of a picture of just how bad this explosion was. >> gathered in the rubble of the homes destroyed by thursday's explosion, investigators began the process of finding out why happen. >> today we did a lot of measuring, this really emphasize the magnitude of what occurred here. >> assigned tons of natural gas pipeline to los ground with such force that landed a hundred feet away. blastoff be had a greater hotter to do something along 26 d wide. roughly demands of a one the size swimming pool. >> devlin known because the soil of the bottom of the crater is unstable. >> fife itself measured 28 ft. long, though they initially thought was solid piece of metal, they discovered it is up to a patchwork of smaller segments melted together. >> we need to dig deeper to to determine why they're repeat smaller segments of pipe on his 28 ft. piece of pie. >> investigators is surely to guess, but the
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 6:00am PDT
people who live near the crater are returning to. >> you are talking about the pipeline. the ntsb created what appears to be the culprit in the disaster. a 28 footlong steel pipeline ploen from the ground thursday night and workers until moments ago were secureing it into a massive crate on the back of a flatbed. that was within the past 5 or 10 minutes was headed for a lab in washington, d.c. for further anal dis. at 10:00, there will be a meeting to help them with living arrangement, crisis counselling and any other issues. residents whose homes were not damaged or destroyed were able to return to what turned out to be a place froze nen time. thursday night's supper as people left it as they ran for their lives that night. pg&e was in to tow to make sure power was to be turned back on. they are refusing to move back in permanently until the home is inspectioned. the home was rocked so much, they want to get the reassurance from someone in the know like an engineer. four people are still missing including greg and his 17-year-old son who has not been seen since the explosion. wil
NBC
Sep 24, 2010 5:00am EDT
. just months ago the ntsb said they had an a peoplic safety culture which set the stage for the crash. the ntsb gives credit for making progress. the system implemented a dozen safety recommendations since the crash. >> they have done a lot of learning in the last year plus. and i think always every organization is going to go thugh a difficult time after an accident. the question is how you react to that accident and what changes you make and i believe that the metro board was very willing to liste to the safety board after our report was concluded. they have taken man of those lessons to heart. and i think they're beginning to make many improvements that have been long overdue. >> reporter: and that includes putting a new and experienced saty officer in place. that safety officers reports to theanager. they have filled 12 vacancies and jobs. you can call and anonymously report safety proems. metro is moving forward to replace the 1000 series cars, the cars that crunched in the crash, folded up like accordions. new cars will hit the system in about 2013. interim manager agrees
CBS
Sep 15, 2010 5:00am PDT
here touring the devastated crestmoor neighborhood. the ntsb is here to investigate. 37 homes were destroyed. 50 people were killed, four dead, likely seven since three people are still reported missing. in addition to the investigation on the ground, the ntsb got 90 e-mails with tips from people who live around here, only one though with a report of someone smelling gas a few weeks prior to the explosion. they are asking anyone with those claims to email them and also report if they contacted any officials about it at that time be it representatives from pg&e, police or fire or the public utilities commission. another big factor in this investigation, how long it took for the gas in the area to be turned off after the pipe ruptured. yesterday we heard from first responders and what they experienced in the first moments after the blast. >> i happened to be crestmoor elementary school. i was at my son's baseball game. we thought there was a plane crash. then the second call came in for south city fire i personally was thinking it might be a terrorist thing. we have a whole neighborh
NBC
Sep 24, 2010 6:00am EDT
be on. >>> safety improvements. what the ntsb that should give riders confidence in the transit agency. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs on this friday, the 24th dayf september. take a look outside. this is the ought nal equally noxious. >> this is werewolf weather. we have fog and fullmoon this morning. as we look outside, there is at fuzzy full moon and howling sound. it may be your husban we have 65 days 95 degrees or higher. today will be 66. 73 in washington. mid-60s in many rral areas where we have visibility down to a quarter mile or less. these are the latest visibilities in les. not too bad in the city. but we have low in many locations around the region. eastern shore, into the mountains. eastern shore near 70. a few high clouds drifting in. as the fog burns off, it will cook it. tomorrow, cooler with northwest bree. rain late on sunday and likely mond and tuesday next week. and much cooler. ashley, good morning. how's our traffic? >> good morning, tom. the fog is definitely a factor this early morning. rolling from in 66. no major accidents. but reduced visibilit
FOX
Sep 14, 2010 5:00pm PDT
who's is live tonight in san bruno. >> reporter: frank, that ntsb briefing is about to start in a few minutes behind me. today the city declared this a disaster area while the emotional toll is still being felt by some residents here. the images of charred remains in the middle of this san bruno neighborhood are still tough to grasp. burned out cars, stairs leading to nowhere. and for the family living next to the devastation, life is on hold. >> at least six months until we can get back into the house. how are you going to bring a two and don't know if i can com to this. >> reporter: and some children are haunted by the sounds of the fire. >> every time you hear the revs of engines or planes, it's the exact same sound that came. i can see why people thought it was an airplane. because it had that same kind of revving sound. and in fact, my kids are saying, is that the fire coming. >> reporter: pg & e crews worked on the neighborhood while the homes that have been green tagged are busy with insurance adjustors and clean up workers. >> some people running down the street, some people o
SFGTV
Sep 24, 2010 7:30am PDT
indicated, the ntsb, the national transportation safety board, i believe that approximately 1:00 today, a team of aid arrived in san francisco. they will have lead responsibility for the investigation and cause analysis of the event. at this point in time, although there has been a lot of speculation about different things that may have precipitated to cause this event, i would caution everyone that it is really premature at this point, and that there will be a thorough investigation. pg&e plans to and will fully cooperate with the ntsb in the investigation process providing all records as well as making available any resources individuals to be interviewed, etc., so we can determine the cause of this particular incident. mayor newsom: again, it is premature to perhaps discuss a response to the question, but what is your assessment in terms of the investigation? it is really difficult to say. i would expect that this is a process that will probably take several months before it is probably finally concluded, and before we have a real sense of what perhaps the actual route cause was to thi
CW
Sep 10, 2010 10:00pm PDT
investigation into those allegations? >> we want to know the answers and will cooperate with the ntsb as they investigate that aspect of the accident. we want to know what happened and they will get to the cause. >> reporter: have you started any process of that? >> we have started. prior to the ntsb and now that they are here they have taken responsibility for the investigation. >> reporter: because they have stepped in you can't give us information about possible leaks? >> the way it work social security once the ntsb takes control of the situation, by federal law we are not really allowed to provide any information about the accident. >> reporter: we dug deeper found the ntsb released a report in may showing the california public utilities commission investigated the company and found representatives weren't propererly trained in detecting leaks. what does the company have to say? >> i think you will have to talk to someone with more specific information than i have available today. >> reporter: who is that? >> have you to talk to davi >> reporter: so i did. in fact is he another spok
CBS
Sep 28, 2010 12:00pm PDT
utilities commission and the ntsb, which is in charge of the investigation into what happened in san bruno. last week, feinstein and boxer introduced a bill to double the number of term pipeline inspectors, increase the penalties for pipeline safety violations and require automatic electronic shutoff valves wherever possible. it would also require pipeline operators to contact all property owners within 2,000 feet of a natural gas transmission line informing them of the line. another factor, now under investigation an equipment failure the day of the blast at pg&e's terminal in milpitas, which is at the end of the line that blew. a piece of equipment called an uninterruptible power supply system, or u.p.s., reportedly failed that day. it's designed to make sure electricity is constant during blackouts and now the feds are looking into whether that failure affect pg&e's ability to regulate the pipeline's pressure. this is the piece of pipeline shot into the air during the explosion. it's now also in washington, d.c. being examined with an electron microscope. ntsb investigators are lo
ABC
Sep 11, 2010 11:00pm PDT
today we got a briefing from the ntsb which investigates pipeline accidents. pg&e had now way to automatically shut off the gas once the pipe run pureed, and the pipeline contained a number of seams, including one that ran lengthwise around the pipe. right away, federal investigators noticed something curious about the pipeline that blew out of the ground. i was not sol split -- solid and seemless. it was segments welded together. >> there are lots of reasons to have segmented pipes like this, and that's what they're exploring. it's obviously more expensive to have segments pipes than unsegmented pipes. >> reporter: the ntsb confirms that pg&e had manual valves on either side of the break, not automatic valves to stop the flow of gas. the pipeline that exploded was mauled in 1956 when there were fewer homes here. because the area is so heavily populated now. the public utilities designated the pipeline high risk. >> increases in our estimation the need to look at that issue of whether there should be automatic shutoff valves when there's a massive leak in the pipe which would be
ABC
Sep 15, 2010 5:00am PDT
chairman of the ntsb, get some answers coming up in just a minute. >> also if you are approached by an oakland police officer, you may be on camera. i'm theresa garcia live in oakland. that's because of hundreds of new wearable video cameras. but there are concerns over privacy. >> if your commute takes you around the bay in some of the higher elevations, watch out for drizzle. also flight arrival delays into sfo. >> you'll find that drizzle driving into san francisco but won't find delays at this point with a live shot of the bay bridge toll plaza. a lot of the road work has cleared through hayward but i'll have more details on other areas where you can find some road work. >> good wednesday morning. it's 5 a.m.. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. governor schwarzenegger will visit the san bruno fire site today direct from his asia trade mission. meantime e-mails received by federal investigators seem to offer no definitive evidence of neighbors smelling gas before the explosion. terry joins us live from san bruno. >> the ntsb investigators are the ones who
FOX
Sep 15, 2010 6:00am PDT
wong, she has been talking with the ntsb about where this investigation is going. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. yes, certainly the ntsb has a lot of work in front of it but they are finished with the pipe hire at the site. they are, however, not ready to leave yet because they still have a lot to do. they are headed this morning to a monitoring site in san francisco to talk to the employees there to look at records and to conduct interviews. this morning there is also a lot of talk about the add -- the valves the shut off valves that were near this 30 inch natural gas line pipe. pg&e says it took crews time to get two manual shut oofl valves -- to get them shut off. which was about a mile away from the explosion sight. it took 90 minutes for them to shut down, which as you can imagine felt like an eternity for crews dealing with this out of control fireball. some asked why there was no automatic shut off valves. well the ntsb tooled me they are not required and aren't actually common on pipes of the size. more likely to see them on smaller pipes like the type t
NBC
Sep 11, 2010 7:00am PDT
latest. >> reporter: good morning to you. you know, ntsb investigators are beginning their work but they have already met with pg&e for sometime and they asked for an extensive history of this pipeline. things like excavation work around it that may have perhaps damaged it. but they say it will take time to get to the bottom of why this pipeline exploded and the fire that followed it leveled a neighborhood. here's what we know t. 30-inch gas pipeline was installed in 1956. investigators will send part to a lab in washington, d.c. for analysis. the toll is staggering, four dead, 52 people injured, seven people hospitalized with critical burns and there are still three homes left to search. if it's cool enough dogs will be searching today for additional victims. you may recall even on that first evening after the explosion neighbors reported smelling gas in the days and weeks leading up to this. investigators say they want to know more about that. >> one of the things we'll do in this process of investigation is to interview anybody that -- who has claimed that they noticed a gas odor
KRON
Sep 10, 2010 5:30pm PDT
location were waiting at 6:00 news conference. we just heard from the ntsb he had some interesting information. >> that's right can basically some of the key things he talked about he noticed there were an accessible hundred and 70 houses that were damaged or destroyed we have not heard that number is 4. he talked about there was an 8 #ntsb team they will be investigating an on site for the next few days. though not be issuing a report for another 14 the 18 months still not be pointing the finger anybody still just look to find out the cause was and what needs to be done to fix that. they're going to look at a variety of things including the safeguards a pg need. the installation, operation, meat and see much pressure they put in it will also look at the people factor. people repairing this line who's been working on the line, when did they suffer from the tee cluster alcohol involved. if the fall in this news conference that we had with them he was asked if you question one of them was inquired about he was asked specifically about the impression of the crater. the second question
ABC
Sep 15, 2010 6:00am PDT
be talking to the vice chairman of the ntsb, get some answers to the questions coming up. >> also the eye of a camera could be the answer to more peace between police and the public. i'm theresa garcia live in oakland. we'll let you know more about a camera project in the works here in the city. >> and marin county supervisors call for a review of when deputies and use tasers after an abc 7 report. >> here's a look from downtown san francisco. the clouds a little lower and they have more moisture in them so expect some drizzle this morning but warmer weather this afternoon and i'll update you on the chance of rain. >> an update on the cash paying lanes at the toll plaza. everything looking good around the bay area. >> it's 6 a.m. this wednesday morning. thank you for waking up early and joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping our news, governor schwarzenegger will arrive in san bruno for a first-hand look at the damage done by the san bruno fire. pg&e facing new questions how long it took to shut off gas after the blast. terry mcsweeney has the vice chairman with
FOX
Sep 15, 2010 7:00am PDT
the terrifying moments of thursday's huge blast. the ntsb says of the 90 e-mails they've received so far, only one person reported smelling gas before the explosion. ktvu's claudine wong is talking to those federal investigators this morning and joins you now -- and joins us now with this live report. >> reporter: good morning, tori. yes, it's been almost a week since this fireball and explosion and fire here in san bruno. there are still so many questions. the ntsb is out here this morning. we're getting more information about where this investigation is headed. key among the question is how did this start, obviously and why did it burn so long? let's talk about the cause. the ntsb has been asking for anyone to come forward if they smelled gas in the days leading up to the explosion. there have been about 90 e- mails sent to the ntsb. but the ntsb said they only had one person who smelled gas and that was two or three weeks before this happened. if they didn't smell gas, that would be a clue. >> if people smell gas in advance, that suggests a failure, where gas is coming out and peo
KRON
Sep 11, 2010 7:00am PDT
, yet stay that pg&e cannot get to the source of the explosion to investigate. and of the ntsb has been called and and they are investigating a of going to the pipe and the pipe that exploded through all of the records to see if there was any construction activity, excavation, and to see reports of the smelt gas in the area perhaps days, weeks before the explosion. they have to go to all of that contract on the people who made those phone calls to see what they know. with the herd, what they smelled 70's this all together so it could be some time. -if those people what they heard? >> and to provide that impression to pg&e to help the investigation. >> -information. >> was this park? >> our was a buildup of pressure? or just a spark? >> several possibilities. >> thank you, and will tran mentioned that the red cross and on the phone is harold brooks. good morning, carole.harold. wee expecting to speak to him and we will continue to try to raise him. a lot of people want to know various things and perhaps he has some answers. particularly, because the red cross. >> they're always on the fr
KRON
Sep 11, 2010 12:30am PDT
would that be? >> completeness necessary completely ntsb allowing us to get there. we don't know why our gas plane ruptured. >> and ntsb will figure that out? >> absolutely. they have a sent bented -- assembled a terrific team and they will get to the root cause >> reporter: they could not answer a whole lot of other questions because at this point it is not their domain. they are limited in what pg e.e.can say to the public. they say they know who those people are but for some reason, your utilities are not on and you feel they don't know about it, you are advised to give them a call. >>> four people were filled, a mother and her teenage daughter along with a 20-year-old female and another as yet identified victim. police kept people out most of the day a small crew was allowed to shoot this video and it shows how destructiontive the flames -- destructiontive the -- destructive the flames were. they are testing for hazardous material and that's one reason people are not allowed back in their homes even if their homes were not destroyed. >> we are working hard on the re-entry plan an
NBC
Sep 14, 2010 6:00am PDT
the investigation. >> the ntsb revealed new information about the 28-footlong section of gas pipeline that blue up and levelled the neighborhood. it could be crucial to the investigation. it turns out that the section of 30-inch steel pipe that was blown 100 feet from the grown has welds in it. they pieced the pipe to make a curve and fit the terrain. >> one of the wells was the clean break end where you could see a very distinct between break at the weld. we will be exploring to see if it was a well defect and the other part was much less clean. >> that are section of pipeline is on the way to a lab in washington, d.c. for further analysis. meantime, ntsb has finished up work in the blast crater itself. now it's on reviewing do you means from pg&e and videos shot by residents and caught by surveillance camera like this from the econogasoline station a few blocks away. customers turning their heads fors the whooshing sound and debris followed by the massive fireball. police are arriving on the scene within a minute and a half. the ntsb will begin interviewing residents and others. the
NBC
Sep 14, 2010 5:00am PDT
answers. good morning, bob. >> good morning to you, laura. the ntsb revealed new information about the gas point line that ruptured in the crater down here where we are standing in san bruno. information that could be crucial to the investigation. it turns out that the section of 30 inch steel pipe had several wells in it. they pieced it together so it could make a curve and fit the terrain. one of the wells was a clean end of the pipe where you could see a very sdrinkt clean break at the weld. we will see whether that was a defect and the other end of the type was torn and shredded and much less clean. >> that section is now on the way to a lab in washington, d.c. for further analysis. they said now it's on to reviewing video shot by residents and caught by surveillance camera. here's video from the gasoline station a few blocks away. the ntsb obtained this. the video shows customers turning their heads towards a whooshing sound. then debris followed by the massive fireball. it shows police arriving within a minute and a half. the ntsb will interview residents and other witnesses. the
KOFY
Sep 10, 2010 9:00pm PDT
is the word from the ntsb as well as the city manager. ntsb now in charge of the investigation. tomorrow 6 more teams of dogs will go into the fire zone. this is now considered a recovery effort. not a rescue mission. still officials insist no resident are missing. there are several reasons why people can not go home tonight. authorities say the streets and buildings are still unstable plus a lot of homes have no utility meaning no pow power, water or gas and on top of everything there is a sewage problem to deal with. there is still a lot of unanswered questions an resident feel caught in the middle. >> also forming a group to look at the human factor aspect all the people who amount the pipeline will be looking at the experience, tra experience, training, history, g at the whether they have alcohol and test to drm the condition at the time. >> police are at every intersection on every street to prevent anybody from going in. so we were told if we leave we are not coming back. it could be a couple of days. >>reporter: the red cross just broke down the evacuation center. it was
ABC
Sep 23, 2010 6:00pm EDT
-- >> metrorail is safer than it was a year ago. that is what the ntsb told members of congress today. they have taken steps to improve safety since last year's deadly train crash that killed nine people. they have begun to implement more than one dozen ntsb recommendations. >> vincent gray and the schools chancellor michelle rhee are keeping a tight lid about their meeting today. gray told reporters dedecker they did not -- but that they did not talk about whether or not he would keep michelle rhee. he said he will make no decisions about her until after the election. >> still to come, some are calling it the new contract with america. today, republicans and reveal their strategy for dealing with the nation's ills. >> plus, you an outrage. the president of iran accuses the u.s. of masterminding the september 11 attacks. >> and a new smart phone force facebook. -- for facebook. details ahead. >> tomorrow, mid 90's. i will tell you all about it. expanding clean energy manufacturing. but in america, gridlock has held us back. now, the senate can change that - by passing a renewable electricit
ABC
Sep 15, 2010 4:30am PDT
. ntsb investigators received almost 90 e-mails from people in the area who smelled gas before the fire which could suggest a leak rather than a catastrophic failure. but only one reported gas smell to pg&e and that was several weeks before the fire. they want to know why it took so long to shut off the gas to the affected area. terry? >> ntsb investigators out here on the scene again today. we're going to be talking to them live in half an hour but they want to know exactly what it was that caused that explosion and, as you mentioned, what took so long to turn off the gas line. ntsb will look into the line. it does not have automatic shutoshut valve that close. this one from 1956 did not have them. as a result pg&e crews had to shut off the gas by hand and that took close to two hours. >> the two valves on both sides of this event about a mile away are out. they have to be turned manually to be turned off. >> the san bruno fire chief says the initial blast is responsible for the vast majority of devastation. after what caused the initial gas leak, investigators are out here to fig
CBS
Sep 11, 2010 7:00pm PDT
unsegmented pipes. we'll be looking into why that occurred. >> the ntsb also says it's still trying to figure out when pg&e last inspected the pipeline. >>> for the first time today, neighbors had their chance to sound off to local leaders about the disaster. don knapp is live in san bruno with what happened at a town hall meeting this afternoon. don. >> reporter: yeah, it was pretty amazing. a lot of people came to the meeting, a lot of people with sad stories but they didn't come to tell their sad stories. they have had enough of that. they came with hard questions demanding hard answers to the issues affecting their lives. surprisingly, amazingly, public officials, city and county level all overcame with answers and promises. now, how long those promises will stand up we'll have to wait and see but pg&e made some pretty astounding statements. 271 homes in the damage area have been off limits since the blast. by noon tomorrow, those whose homes are not damaged are expected to be allowed into the area still considered a crime scene by investigators. they will be able to stay in gre
ABC
Sep 12, 2010 5:00pm PDT
this explosion to take place in the first place. live in san begun san bruno. >> carolyn: the ntsb has just begun its latest news briefing. let's listen in. >> i mentioned previously a 28-foot section of pipe that was blown out of the ground thrown 100 feet, and sitting on the street. that piece of pipe that 28-foot section of 30-inch pipe we are, as we speak, crating it up. putting it in a crate because the investigators have decided that needs to go back to our metallurgy labs in washington for study. so we are removing that piece of the pipe, putting that in place. in addition to that, the pieces adjacent to that piece on either end for about ten feet on either end, we cut those pieces away from the pipe today. we did excavation work through the night to excavate further cut those additional pieces of the pipe and those three pieces of pipe, the center 28 feet that blew away plus the ten or so feet on either side will be crated and returned to washington dc for detailed examination in our metallurgy lab. so we did that with the intent of completing the site work as soon as possible
CBS
Sep 15, 2010 12:00pm PDT
blast is set to arrive in washington, d.c. tomorrow, the ntsb is wrapping up its work at the blast site, marked by a crater on crestmoor and glenview drive. >> we have already released the pit itself back to the authorities so they can resume the return to normalcy of the infrastructure in there. >> reporter: the city won't say how long the neighborhood will be closed after repeated calls and a visit to city hall this morning, no one would talk on camera, but it's still a crime scene even though the ntsb's investigation is now focused elsewhere on tips coming in from the community about any possible gas leaks before the explosion. so far they have only gotten one report of someone smelling gas out before 100 tips total. they are also looking at the procedures involved in shutting off the gas after the explosion. the ntsb says that after a gas explosion in san francisco in the '80s, they made a recommendation. they are not sure it was followed. >> make sure that the first responders know where the valves are and know what to do and make sure the valves still work. >> reporter: while that
CW
Sep 12, 2010 10:00pm PDT
. new details about the investigation. >> reporter: that's right. the ntsb took big steps gathering big evidence to help them determine what caused that blast. they put to rest any fears people might have of not learning about this investigation for a year and a half. the report will take that long but as they learn important things about safety they will pass it on. prime evidence in the gas line explosion investigation is a 28- foot section of the high pressured gas line itself. ripped out of the ground and thrown 100 feet by the blast. >> that piece of pipe, that 28- foot section of 30-inch pipe, we are as we speak putting in a crate because the investigators have decided that needs to go back to our labs in washington. >> reporter: investigators want to hear from people who say they smelled gas in the weeks before the gas. jose said he smelled it and thinked the company knew. >> reporter: what do you say what they say they got in calls. >>> >> that's a lie. you can smell and then the guy was walking around there. >> reporter: assumed looking for leaks but he said he doesn't know wha
KOFY
Sep 15, 2010 11:30am PDT
. people allowed to go back in and see what had been ho sweet home just six days ago. meantime the ntsb is expanding its investigation, contiing today into gas control station in the bay area. they were milpitas yesterday making sure that peopl in these gas controltations are trained and the equipment isworking properly. >> we want to get excruciating detail how the system works, how well the people are trained to work it, their background and experience, all aspects what happened day. we'll be doing an exhaustiv look at the details regarding that station. >> also the piece of pipe that ruptured is in washington d.c. now. and that is where inspectors are going over with a fine toothed comb tryingo figure out if it gave way gradually over the years or if something sudd and traumatic hit it all at once causing that blast. they're also looking into reports from people out here that they had smelled gas for days or even eks leading up to that blast. well, we are heari from the ntsb that they have checked the e-mls going into pg&e. there was actually one report weeks before the blast, someone s
FOX
Sep 10, 2010 6:00pm PDT
conference. >> reporter: that news conference was with the ntsb. we are talk about that. we are expecting another conference to happen any moment now. it looks lickety may be walking up to the microphone right now. that's jim allen with the office of emergency services. he is about to make an announcement but i'm not sure i see some of the participants of the press conference walking up. let's talk about what we heard earlier this morning in a press briefing. that's what they announced a four deaths and injuries to -- rather 52 patients in the hospital. that was according to the county. that number could change in this conference. i see the acting governor walking to the microphone. let's take this press conference now. >> as we wind down the day and its been a long day for us, i want to start by saying that 24 hours ago we had a major explosion and a fire here. we are still at 37 destroyed homes, 7minor and moderate homes damaged. as of now we still have four deaths. law is still looking at the missing person reports to help us if are anymore deaths. we have done our preliminary search,
FOX
Sep 13, 2010 12:00pm PDT
pieces of that ruptured gas line and put it on a truck. next stop is the ntsb headquarters in washington, d.c. this afternoon we've got something investigators might need too. it's a videotape of last thursday's deadly explosion. >> when i got here probably was half hour after the incident by the time i -- i still can feel the heat and the roar of the fire. >> reporter: the tape also shows the reaction of the people at the san bruno avenue and glenview road gas station. one man runs from his car at the pump. some people describe down the street towards the fire while a woman was a baby runs toward the camera. three pieces of the 28" gas line are heading to the ntsb in washington, d.c. investigators will try to determine if the gas line was broke or broken. >> take it to our lab and may include putting it under a electron micro cope. by look at the detail and magnification that will help us asker contain whether it was a fatigue fracture related to the depressurizing. was it damage from -- where it struck it and caused damage we would be able to ascertain that. >>> they will lo
KRON
Sep 13, 2010 4:30pm PDT
. meanwhile, the next rotati ntsb has on its way to washington d.c. for further investigation. and state regulators have ordered pg&e to test all of their natural gas lines. most residents have been able to return. but, there are still residents that are waiting and they have homes that have either been completely destroyed. they want to sift through what is left or others are severely damaged and have a red text. the death is at four. -read attack. >> the human remains have been on site of the explosion and three people are still missing tonight. kron4's kate thompson joins us from san bruno. the command center. >> we are here, too. the latest from investigators. you can see the media lined up and ready. to hear from the national transportation safety board and that is heading up this investigation on the ground. in the san bruno. there has been three full days of investigations at this point. investigators said yesterday that they plan on being here for at least one more day. the big revelation they told us about, yesterday was that the investigators have not been able to confirm repor
CBS
Sep 14, 2010 12:00pm PDT
going to be but the ntsb said yesterday they think it will be at least a week. pg&e working on some of its power lines down there and we did just get identification of the fourth person confirmed dead in this explosion. 81-year-old elizabeth torres. several people are still unaccounted for this afternoon. >> when we hear news of another loss in our community, it's like losing afamily member. >> reporter: christine. >> he nene any doesn't not woman who was just confirmed to have died in thursday night's explosion and fire. but that doesn't matter to her. >> you don't have to know them by name. you just know they live in your neighborhood, that you won't see them again. >> reporter: talking to neighbors this morning, it's clear that the grief and fear in this neighborhood will take a long time extinguish. >> we have to pray. >> reporter: pg&e has assured people their homes are safe but there are new fears about natural gas pipe lines all over california. this pipe manage website which we have a link to on cbs5.com has been overloaded for days. fears over a combination of aging infrastruc
KRON
Sep 13, 2010 5:00pm PDT
tell us those results. >> now we've crossed that line where that is part of the ntsb investigation and i really cannot share the findings of that particular assessment. >> now they're asking the utility company to inspect their entire miles of pipeline. there'll be a pressure of high pressure pipe lines and heavily populated areas, like san bruno. what the big question is that will that be performed like in the past? piccinni cannot tell us exactly what to do inspections will look like. >> we already inspect these on an annual business, as i mentioned. and to work with the ntsb, how much time will have a do it and will be a minimum, elite survey. >> and the three main lines that go into the peninsula have already been inspected. pg&e has already reduced the pressure on those lines by 10 percent as an added safety precaution. reporting live, christine connolly. >> state regulators have ordered pg&e to investigate all of their gas lines. this is a map running through the entire state of california and not all of these are high-pressure lines like the one that exploded in the san brun
NBC
Sep 8, 2010 5:00pm PDT
not unusual to is see babies sitting on laps on airlines. but they're considering stopping. the ntsb says safety should come first but some parents think the ban would be more dangerous. >> molly is the last child she just flew into an airport with her mom free of charge but that could change. the it in hit the is asking the federal aviation administration to require children under the age of 2 to be in separate seats and restrained. >> to think of a brand new infant that's, 6 weeks old that's silly to tell them that they have to be in a seat by themselves. >> parents we talked with say they don't like the idea by but the ntsb says it's safety first. using a march 2009 crash of a overloaded plan in montana as emphasis. while all 14 people on board the 10-seater plane died investigators say four of the children were flown a good distance from that plane. >> i don't understand the argument that it's not safe to have the kids in the seat. i understand, that it might annoy people who don't have kids that you have too many people in a row. >> parents say the rule could be a problem for ne
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